Human Intelligence, Learned Behavior, and Social Evolution


Human Intelligence, Learned Behavior, and Social Evolution:
Human continuance is based on mankind?s evolution, which has obviously been a result of successful cosmic and biological evolution resulting in successful adaptations, reproduction, and the ability to disperse humans around and off the Earth. To insure survival, human reproduction is essential so successful characteristics will pass to future generations. To bring this about, mankind?s reproductive drives are internal and powerful, because they significantly insure survival of the species.
Consequently, it might seem to follow that if there is meaning for human life, as with life in general, it might be found in successful adaptation, dispersion, and reproduction. In the human situation reproduction is sexual. Albeit not always thoughtful, many aspects of human life are motivated by sexual reproductive drives. In fact, from Descent of Man Charles Darwin wrote, ?Man scans with scrupulous care the character and pedigree of his horses, cattle, and dogs before he matches them; but when he comes to his own marriage he rarely, or never, takes any such care. He is impelled by nearly the same motives as the lower animals, when they are left to their own free choice, though he is in so far superior to them that he highly values mental charms and virtues.?
It seems that human sexual drives are optimally designed so that reproduction will primarily be successful and plentiful, as is the case with most animals. Moreover, it is indisputable that human sexual drives significantly motivate mankind?s behavior by increasing the human population beyond rational numbers. The increased human population then motivates increased environmental adaptation and dispersion. Only recently have some technological cultures socially evolved to control their reproductive proclivity so that a greater share of resources can be given to their people and significant social/economic prosperity achieved. However, world human overpopulation has already occurred and most societies are at risk.
The totality of the evolutionary process involved in creating all life, humankind, and thoughtful scientific advancement is more than just biological evolution. It is the combination of cosmic, biological, and social evolution and the combination seems to propel all matter, life, and even ideas. Thus, the original energy of the universe relentlessly directs humankind, along with everything else, through time, and space using the mechanism of universal evolution.

Cosmic evolution, which gave rise to matter and the subsequent biological and social evolution of mankind, has inherently created or directed within people the basis of human behaviors. Humankind?s ability to thoughtfully adapt, disperse, and recently, in some cultures, even thoughtfully reproduce has helped people better fit into changing environmental situations and survive. Consequently, intelligence is an obvious successful evolutionary adaptation and survival strategy for humans. Without intelligent planning and the social ability to team together and form a society of various capabilities, which as a unit competes with natural forces, mankind would be no better than an isolated genius or a colony of bees. Neither has been able to develop space flight, either because of isolation or due to a lack of intelligence.
Natural selection has determined that Homo sapiens adapt to their environment in many ways, but significantly, intellectual adaptation has allowed humans to prosper over competing animals. Somewhere within the last two million years there has been a gearing upward to cooperative hunting, tool making, and gathering, with accompanying requirements for a high level of intelligence, language, and social organization. This attended the rise of the modern human species (5). People were then found walking upright to better use their hands and weapons; they had opposable thumbs so tools could be fashioned and fire?s lit; they organize in teams to hunt, gather food, or raise their young; and they explored the unknown with their ?mind?s eye? so they could invent something to give them an edge. Most other animals have specialized anatomies designed to do many things better than humans. However, with the exception of upright posture and an opposable thumb, the abilities that give mankind the edge reside in the human brain. Homo sapiens brains have evolved to be more powerful than the other animals allowing people to imagine, think, calculate, and communicate with spoken and written languages and numbers. Thus, humankind is the most socially cooperative; the best tool maker, and has by far the greatest inventive capabilities of Earth?s evolved animals.
Therefore, with thoughtful adaptation, dispersion, sometimes-wise reproduction, and the ability to team together mankind exists with relative success. However, partly due to human sexual drives, that are not always thoughtful, people have overpopulated the Earth, fought countless terrible conflicts, and placed great stress on the resources necessary for their own survival causing mankind?s struggle for existence to be exacerbated. Human reproduction in many ways seems to conjure up visions of endless swarms of intelligent rabbits that fight between themselves for survival after dominating the other animals. And in that combative process develop, through random chance acting alongside natural selection, a machine making intellect enabling them, quite by coincidence, to protect the Earth or leave for another world if a cosmic catastrophe strikes.
Darwin?s comments on overpopulation were prophetic even in 1871, ?Man, like every other animal, has no doubt advanced to his present high condition through a struggle for existence consequent on his rapid multiplication; and if he is to advance still higher, it is to be feared that he must remain subject to a severe struggle.? Darwin confirmed this again by writing, ?Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence; consequently he is occasionally subjected to a severe struggle for existence, and natural selection will have effected whatever lies within its scope.?
In a hostile environment, composed of increasing numbers of competitive human identities, mankind has survived best by using intelligent specialty teams working as a creative unit. Historically most people have been forced to struggle militarily, economically, personally and in countless other ways to survive. Eventually, in the struggle for resources and dominance, societies evolved advanced specialty teams. Among the more important are: educational, medical, religious, scientific, artistic, mechanical, military, economic, musical, agricultural, governmental, and industrial specialty teams. In the twentieth century, the more creative specialty teams generally helped advance a greater understanding of the world and the universe. Governmental organizations today are beginning to have the ability to protect the planet, and disperse its? life when threatened by cosmic catastrophe. In no small part this is a direct result of the scientific advances brought about by socially evolved creative specialty teams created and employed by governments during two World Wars and the Cold War (6).
In 1871, although man?s intelligence had not yet propelled him into space, Darwin concluded on the final page of Descent of Man, ?...with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system?with all these exalted powers?Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.? It seems evident that the stamp of mankind?s lowly origin is also seen in the repeated acts of inhumanity, in the struggle for existence, shared with other animals.
In the twenty-first century, although mankind seems to have invented interplanetary flight and nuclear explosives, the lowly origin of the species, reflected in the human appearance and evolutionary/social history, might in some ways prevent greater accomplishments. Darwin?s prophetic conclusion could result in humankind not being as important as it projects itself to be, or maybe humans will succeed in their unique biological niche and Man?s, ?...god?like?? intellect will overcome ?... his lowly origin.?
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1) Asteroid/Comet streaks to Earth - Image Credit:
2) Earth African Hemisphere - View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon. This translunar coast photograph extends from the Mediterranean Sea area to the Antarctica south polar ice cap. This is the first time the Apollo trajectory made it possible to photograph the south polar ice cap. Note the heavy cloud cover in the Southern Hemisphere. Almost the entire coastline of Africa is clearly visible. The Arabian Peninsula can be seen at the northeastern edge of Africa. The large island off the coast of Africa is the Malagasy Republic. The Asian mainland is on the horizon toward the northeast. - Caption and Image Credit: Search For Photos Earth from Space Collection Photo ID: AS17-148-22727
3) Asteroid/Comet striking Earth - Mass extinctions and the demise of the Earth?s dinosaurs are tied to cosmic collisions. - Image Credit:
4) Asteroid/Comet ocean crash - Asteroids and comets can be extremely deadly when they strike a planet?s ocean, carving aquatic craters and sending huge tsunami waves in all directions. These tsunamis can wreak destruction on shores thousands of miles away. They are bad news for people living near the coast, but it could be good luck for the rest of mankind: A similar impact on land would throw dust high into the atmosphere which could block sunlight for many months, possibly causing global starvation and mass extinctions. - Image Credit:
5) Mars rotating- Image Credit: Life on Mars
6) Mars red rocks and sand - The Martian surface is littered with rocks, some as large as houses. Scientists are particularly interested in finding certain types of rocks that were formed in the presence of water. Where there was water, life might have developed, so these areas of the planet would be particularly good places to understand the possibilities for past surface life on the planet. - Image Credit: Mars Exploration Homepage
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From: Talako
To: Cambridge Conference Network
Dear Dr. Peiser:
In the CCNet articles of 16 November 2001 I was particularly intrigued by (13) CHAOS AND STABILITY OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM and (7) GRAVITATIONAL EFFECTS OF EARTH IN OPTIMIZING DELTA V FOR DEFLECTING EARTH-CROSSING ASTEROIDS. Both reinforce my ideas in the COSMIC CATASTROPHE SURVIVAL STRATEGY published by CCNet January 22, 2001 where I started, "Consequently, since it has not been determined how many asteroids are in the Apollo Belt and because comet paths are not exact it seems just a matter of time and a mathematically chaotic chance before the Earth will be impacted by an asteroid/comet capable of catastrophic devastation."
In the past few years many discoveries of previous possible and probable comet/asteroid Earth impacts have come to light. Just one possible impact occurred in Iraq around 2350 B.C. and that may have caused a newly found 2-mile-wide crater. Interestingly at that time one or more events wiped out several advanced societies in Asia and Africa. Partly because of discoveries like that in Iraq the ability to predict the probability of cosmic Earth impacts seem to be even less accurate than ever, because impact numbers are constantly changing upward, and thus are actually unknown. Ongoing impact discoveries reinforce my reasonable doubt that probabilities and predictions of cosmic catastrophes have very much validity, other than collisions will occur. Article (13) also reinforces my belief that randomness in space is greater than just a deficiency of our knowledge, but instead more like an understatement. The emerging idea that the orbits of small members of the solar system-asteroids, comets, and interplanetary dust-are chaotic and undergo large changes through geologic time indicate that those mathematically chaotic orbits are not yet predictable. Furthermore, article (7) provides one reason causing the orbits of asteroids to be chaotic when the article specifically states, "Generally speaking, the increments in the minimum DeltaV due to the gravitational effects of the Earth are large (by as much as 60%) for near-Earth asteroids, and the errors diminish for orbits with large eccentricities (e > 0.7)." Also as reported from, 19 October 2001 - ASTEROID DISCOVERIES MAY OUTPACE ABILITY TO ASSESS THREAT TO EARTH, thus the continuing discovery of ever more Earth threatening asteroids compound the difficulty of predicting collisions with the Earth using probabilities. Finally since Earth threatening comets can emerge from the Oort cloud at any time it is even more evident that predicting the probability of a comet collision with the Earth has very little reliability, other than a collision will occur.
Unfortunately predicting the next cosmic collision with the Earth using probabilities based on faulty data is like predicting nothing at all. Therefore, we should expect our world to face a comet or asteroid impact at any time. Believing that we are only impacted every 100,000 or 100,000,000 years gives people and governments a false since of security, especially since Siberia was impacted less that 100 years ago.
Therefore, if it is true our planet continually faces the threat of random cosmic collisions that could range from terrible to catastrophic this would be the best argument favoring a planetary defense. Considering the limited impact data available, and the chaotic condition of the orbits of Earth crossing objects, I see little reason to delay the development of a comet/asteroid defense system. It would save our planet from far greater distraction than has been documented by all historic wars or worldly natural catastrophes.
The evidence indicates that scientists believing otherwise are just hiding their heads in the sand, and doing a disservice to the human race by extrapolating nonsense without adequate data. Moreover, I would appreciate comments from those believing in collision predictability based on probability schemes and invite them to document, beyond a reasonable doubt, the logic of their conclusions with reference to the evidence in this letter.
Choctaw Society of Astrobiologists




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Some U.S. prisoner of war during the 1942 Bataan Death March struggle to continue. According to this author's interpretations of the writings of Darwin, ? . . . partly due to human sexual drives, that are not always thoughtful, people have overpopulated the Earth, fought countless terrible conflicts, and placed great stress on the resources necessary for their own survival causing humankind?s own struggle for existence to be exacerbated." - Image Credit: Image Credit: The History Place

The mass murder of women and children by Nazi troops in the Ukrain during World War Two is an example of the human struggle for existance and unfortunately mankinds inhumanity and frightfully crual animal nature. Image Credit: The History Place

Standing amid row upon row of crosses in an American cemetery, two sailors pay silent homage to a fallen comrade in 1945. People have overpopulated the Earth, fought countless terrible conflicts, and placed great stress on the resources necessary for their survival. Image Credit: The History Place

Eventually, in the struggle for resources and dominance, societies evolve advanced specialty teams. Among the more important are educational teams and Cambridge University is one of those teams. Cambridge University?s King's College Chapel took over a century to build and was completed in 1547, although the history of its construction is the subject of continuing research. You can view a gallery of images of the Chapel, view the list of services, which take place daily during term or visit the Chapel Shop. - Image Credit: Tom Williamson University of Cambridge

Specialty teams of scientists at their headquarters in Peenem?nde developed the Second World War�s German V-2 Ballistic missile. Nazi General Walter Dornberger and German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun were two men with a vision. The drive, energy and resourcefulness of General Dornberger, mated with the ingenuity and passion of von Braun, created one of the greatest technological achievements of this century. The other great technological achievement was the allied development of the Atom bomb. The fact that the V-2 rocket was the product of the ruthless slave labor regime of Nazi Germany and the fact that many thousands of innocent people died as a result of its development, production, and deployment, taint the image of what otherwise would be considered a monumental triumph. However, the Atomic bomb also was used as a destructive weapon and along with the V-2 rocket they both reinforce the concept that in the human competition for resources mankind is his own ferocious enemy struggling to accomplish more than his rival.- Image Credit: V2ROCKET.COM - The A4/V2 Resource Site. The V2 Rocket. The A4/V2 Resource Site. The V2 Rocket.

On July 16, 1969 the successful Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Mission was launched. The 363-ft. tall space vehicle was rocketed from Kennedy Space Center at 9:37 a.m. The mid left view from the launch tower is of the smoke and flames from the five engines of the Saturn V rocket which generate 7.5 million pounds of thrust. The mid right view is of the launch tower as it is cleared. Twelve minutes later, the astronauts were in orbit 120 miles above the Earth at 17,400 mph, then begin their four day journey to the Moon, nearly a quarter of a million miles away. In 1865 Jules Verne predicted the invention of a space capsule that could carry people. In his science fiction story "From the Earth to the Moon", he outlined his vision of a cannon in Florida so powerful that it could shoot a "Projectile-Vehicle" carrying three adventurers to the Moon. Over 100 years later, the U.S. NASA team, guided by the former W.W.II German scientist Wernher Von Braun, produced the Saturn V rocket. From a spaceport in Florida, this rocket turned Verne's fiction into fact, eventually launching 9 Apollo Lunar missions and allowing 12 astronauts to walk on the Moon. Humans have not walked on the lunar surface since the last moon shot, Apollo 17. ? Image, caption, and links Credit: Astronomy Picture of the Day - The Last Moon Shot

The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, New York were destroyed on September 11, 2001 when terrorists flew a hijacked plane into each of them. Over 4000 innocent people, from various countries around the world, were killed in this ignoble act sponsored by mankind?s current delinquent named Osama bin Laden. As Charles Darwin wrote, ?...Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.? One might add history has repeatedly shown that human behavior also contains the indelible stamp of mankind?s lowly origin, which includes Genghis Khan, George Armstrong Custer, Hitler, and now Osama bin Laden. - Image Credit: World Trade Center Twin Towers New York City destroyed by...

31 October 2001 ESA PR 63-2001 ESA astronaut Claudie Haigner? and her two Russian colleagues were welcomed back to Earth today after successfully delivering a new 'lifeboat' to the International Space Station. The Androm?de crew safely descended to Earth in a Soyuz capsule, ending a 10 day Russian-French mission on a dewy autumn morning in Baikonur, Kazakhstan at 05:59 CET.- Image Credit: European Space Agency ----- Maybe humans will succeed in their unique biological niche and Man?s, ?...god?like?? intellect will overcome ?... his lowly origin.?



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